SEVEN WAYS TO MAKE OUR INTERNS STARTUP ROCKSTARS

Well, we do some things different here in Brooklyn. Especially when it comes to an understanding of “team” and “performance”. We see ourselves at Compass.to more like a corporate sports team rather than a nice cozy family. Therefore we simply outlined seven of our core pillars which every intern can request and rely on upon arrival. Consider these “seven pillars” as a Compass.to become a rockstar-intern!

How to become a Rockstar Intern

1. WE TREAT YOU LIKE A PRO
…like a professional in a pro corporate sports Team. Sure, we are a start-up, trying to find our path and balance, but this doesn’t mean chaos, disrespect and undervaluation.
From the very first day of your work at Compass.to – no matter if it’s an internship, traineeship or student temp – we see and work with you as a professional. This also means we’re a company that does not shun employee recognition.
Plus: Regular performance reviews help you to become or stay focused! Please request this upon arrival or at least two months after starting working with us.

2. YOU’RE OFFICIALLY PART OF THE TEAM
From our own careers working at international brands like Red Bull, Microsoft, Samsung (among others we do know about the importance of becoming an official part of the team. In a way that you can tell others “I’ve build that”!
For an example see our browser plugin or www.Compass.to (the website is in beta and probably still hidden) – most of the ideas and work behind was produced during a traineeship.

3. WE’RE TECH ADVANCED WITH A BACKGORUND OF GERMAN ENGINEERING
The two Bs (working Brooklyn, born in Berlin) inspired us to combine the energy driven and creative work that especially Brooklyn supplies with the more engineering-like and super sophisticated German approach of being accurate.

4. WE ARE INTERNATIONAL

office_HB_BerlinCompass.to office Berlin and Dresden

To work in agile and international teams in different time zones is mostly a common sense in bigger int’l corporations. Not so in start-ups. But it’s a circumstance we really appreciate – working with teams in Berlin and sometimes even London teaches us to think and act like a glocal.
This is sometimes an underdeveloped skill but extremely helpful when building agile teams on different continents.

“A successful agile software development team is made up of skilled developers, has established team values, has good communication, and is always looking to improve. While having every one of these components isn’t absolutely critical for success, having all of them will make the road to success much shorter.”

5. WE VALUE YOUR EFFORT AND COMPENSATE FAIRLY
Since we’re a no-billion-funded start-up, paying mostly everything out of our pockets, we cannot afford rockstar fees of more than $15K/year for interns.

6. IT’S POSSIBLE: WORK REMOTELY FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
We had students working remotely from Universities across the country.  We made sure everyone gave us a schedule of the time slots they were free consistently throughout the week and to treat the internship as if it were a class.  As an example, a student might supports us Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10-1pm.  During those time slots, I would have the student sign in on gchat or Skype, so that we could chat if needed to and I knew they were available and working.

7. A HEALTHY & POSITIVE CORPORATE CULTURE, FIVE WORDS LONG
We all spend most of our time in the office (or in a nearby coffee bar, pls see our “tea & coffee workplaces” collection on Compasss.to). No prospective Hugleberry would want to spend his day suffering from the repercussions of negative office politics, an unreasonable hierarchy scheme or people he/she does not relate to in any possible manner. A sense of belonging to the corporate culture. We naturally favor an organization (editor note: yes, we’re a start-up on our path to become a company one day) with a policy that we all can personally respect and relate to, 5 words long: “Act In Hugleberry’s Best Interest”!

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